Hull Libraries set to entertain with free virtual events for families this half-term

From scavenger hunts and tree trails to dog tails and street dancing, the team at Hull Libraries has organised an action packed calendar of free online activities to keep the kids entertained this half term and beyond. 

Hull libraries half-term activities.
Got paper, pencils and permission to turn the house upside down? Image credit Jerome Whittingham, Photomoments, The Big Malarkey Festival 2019.

Hot on the heels of the success of The Reset Lab which took place as part of this year’s Freedom Festival at Home, the programme of activities runs through October half-term and into November. 

Got paper, pencils and permission to turn the house upside down? Take part in a scavenger hunt around your home, finished with a story told by fabulous storyteller John Kirk. Taking place on Saturday mornings until 31 October and suitable for families with children over three-years-old, this free interactive session includes the retelling of popular fairy tales. Delivered via Zoom sign up on EventBrite to reserve your spot.  

Fancy learning some socially distanced street dance moves? Join dance teacher Trish Rimmer at 4pm on Mondays to take part in street dance classes from the comfort of your own home in these free sessions for ages 8-11. 

Woof, woof! Thinking about getting a dog? Want your child to be more confident around dogs? The Dogs Trust is holding two family workshops during half-term to teach children invaluable skills about dogs, including reading body language and how to approach them safely.

Ready to get your craft on? Taking place in November in partnership with We Made This, get creative in three interactive online craft sessions to create Christmas tree decorations to be displayed as part of citywide tree trail, The #ChristmasTrees4ever Project.

A free photography workshop exploring colour and interior design will also take place on 31 October at Ings Library, as the library looks to update its teenage space as part of its Artist in Residence project. Numbers for this workshop are strictly limited and as guidelines change this event may be changed or cancelled at short notice.

Katie Holdstock from Hull Libraries, said: “We’re all adapting to a new normal – whether we like it or not! We’ve still got a few changes to make before we can fully open our doors, but we’re always open online. 

“Over the past six months we’ve been trialling lots of different online events to see how our families like to be entertained at home. While we’re currently not able to bring people together in large groups, through these activities we aim to keep everyone entertained at home through storytelling, craft, photography and dance.

“If you would like to be the first to hear about new events, sign up to our mailing list and we’ll send library love direct to your inbox on the last Friday of every month!”  

Events are free and can be booked via the Hull Libraries EventBrite page. To sign up to the monthly library newsletter visit

Hull Libraries has lots of digital reading options available. If you’re missing the ‘real thing’, try its Select and Collect service, just select your books, DVDs or CDs – online or over the phone – and you’ll be notified when they’re ready to collect!

If you’re having trouble getting to a library it may be possible to have them delivered direct to your door – find out more about the Library Link: Home Library Service

[Rebecca Aspin – Home PR]